The Correspondence of, and to, Charles Hoy Fort

Edited and Annotated by Mr. X

Fort to John T. Reid

August 23, 1925

London, Aug. 23, 1925.

Mr. John T. Reid,

Dear Sir:

I found the pamphlets interesting and relating to various subjects of mine, Prehistoric man's acquaintance with the elephant seemed to be established by the finding of that well-known "elephant pipe" and by the "elephant mound" — in Minnesota, is it?

We read rather often of petrified bodies of human beings, but authentic instances are very rare. I suppose you have seen the body of a Peruvian miner, now in the American Museum of Natural History, New York City. I think that he should be described as "cuprified" — preserved by salts of copper. Somewhere I have a note upon an iron ring that was found in a lump of coal. If I can find it, I'll send it to you.

Very truly,


39 (A) Marchmont Street, W.C.,
London, England.

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